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Woman arrested in crash that killed football player is released

  • COURTESY KEHAU KAALOUAHI

    Kaulana Werner graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 2015 where he was a wide receiver on the varsity football team.

A 22-year-old Ewa Beach woman arrested Sunday after her vehicle allegedly struck and killed a former Kamehameha Schools varsity football player in Nanakuli, has been released pending investigation.

Police arrested the woman about 9 p.m. about a half-mile from the crash site on Farrington Highway near Laumania Avenue for investigation of driving under the influence of an intoxicant and fleeing the scene of a fatal crash. She was released from custody overnight Monday, police said.

The crash killed Kaulana Werner, who died of multiple blunt trauma, the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office said. His death was ruled an accident.

Werner graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 2015 where he was a wide receiver on the varsity football team. After graduation, Werner attended Sterling College in Kansas, where he played football and was majoring in business. He returned to Hawaii after one semester to help care for his mother because she was having health problems, a family member said.

Police said Werner was crossing Farrington Highway on foot in the makai direction near his home when he was hit by a vehicle driven by the woman as she headed toward town. Excessive speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash, police said.

Werner was the eighth pedestrian killed on Oahu’s roads this year. He was the 14th traffic fatality, compared to 17 at the same time last year.

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    • if she didn’t succumb to the breath test or drawing blood to check for substances, she’s gotten away with this. Did HPD botch this investigation? or did this drunk have legal advice declining the breath test or drawing of blood for substance use? Somethings screwy if HPD did not do either to come to a conclusion.

      • No worry folks. In Honolulu, per Prosecutor Kaneshiro, killing a pedestrian or another in a car, is an accident. Especially in Waianae, Nanakule and other low income neighborhoods. She’ll get probation and she’s already back driving.

  • Again, HPD. Where’s the failure to render aid and leaving the scene of an accident? And from reading the article it seems she may have done the physical tests walking the line and other but HPD or she declined the breathalizer test. With the breath test or blood test athourities should know what was or was not in her system. HPD botch or her tying to hide the fact of alcohol/drugs?

      • lol, meant to say are there any HPD officers or Officials related to her? A night in Jail is nothing compared to getting convicted of DUI which led to the death of someone. As how The Donald put it in his run for POTUS, is this a Rigged system in HPD? Something smells! How can HPD say a possible DUI and not know if it is or is not, unless let Drunk or Druggie resisted blood or the breath test! Or she’s got a RICH family who got her a good Lawyer! and told her to not succumb to any test(s). This does not make any sense at all or HPD botched this investigation!

    • Case is being sent to Prosecutors for review. Failing to Stop and Rendering aid is a felony and requires prosecutory review. OUI is a misdemeanor which doesn’t require both case affect one another. She is not out of the woods. Prosecutor will then present to grand jury. Makes for a very strong case. It is actually a very good move. We can bi… and moan but that’s because we are ignorant of the system. I like the the chinese system of justice, just march her out to field and shoot her.

    • That is right, also blood draw, if that is the kind of test she took, takes more than 48 hours to get results, even with rush. Police in this country can hold for 48 hours, then must charge person. If not, they have to release. She probably was released pending investigation. This is done so police can gather all evidence agsinst her, present to prosecutors for warrant or grand jury presentation. That is how it works in this country, in this federal circuit, 9th, which leans towards individual rights. I like the North Korean method of disposal too, feed to dogs or shoot with anti-aircraft gun.

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